Which Country Exports the Most Video Games in the World?

Consumer Electronics May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Which Country Exports the Most Video Games in the World?

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Video Games - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, the global video game imports amounted to 565K tonnes, ascending by 4% against the previous year figure. In general, video game imports continue to indicate a pronounced setback. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008, when import increased by 13% year-to-year. In that year, global video game imports reached its maximum volume of 836K tonnes. From 2009 to 2016, growth of global video game imports failed to regain its strength.

In value terms, video game imports stood at $23B in 2016. Overall, video game imports continue to indicate a drastic slump. In that year, global video game imports attained its maximum level of $53B. From 2009 to 2016, growth of global video game imports failed to regain its strength.

Top Video Game Importing Countries in the World

1. Germany (1,520.2 million USD)

2. Japan (1,456.2 million USD)

3. United Kingdom (1,369.2 million USD)

4. France (964.1 million USD)

5. Spain (868.4 million USD)

6. Mexico (577.8 million USD)

7. Australia (569.6 million USD)

8. Netherlands (556.4 million USD)

9. Italy (497.5 million USD)

10. Austria (387.0 million USD)

11. Belgium (280.0 million USD)

12. China, Macao SAR (223.5 million USD)

Video Game Imports By Country

The countries with the highest levels of video game imports in 2016 were the UK (60K tonnes), Germany (59K tonnes), the Netherlands (41K tonnes), France (38K tonnes), Japan (31K tonnes), Spain (26K tonnes), Australia (25K tonnes), Mexico (23K tonnes), Italy (18K tonnes), Belgium (16K tonnes), China, Macao SAR (15K tonnes), and Austria (14K tonnes), together finishing at 65% of total import.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of video game imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by China, Macao SAR (+8.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest video game markets worldwide were Germany ($1.5B), Japan ($1.5B) and the UK ($1.4B), together comprising 19% of global imports. These countries were followed by France, Spain, Mexico, Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Belgium and China, Macao SAR, which together accounted for a further 22%.

China, Macao SAR (+0.8% per year) experienced the highest rates of growth with regard to the video game imports, in terms of the main importing countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced a decline in the imports figures.

Video Game Import Prices By Country

The average video game import price stood at $40 per kg in 2016, waning by -12.8% against the previous year. Overall, video game import price continues to indicate a drastic curtailment. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2008, an increase of 3% from the previous year level. In that year, average video game import price attained its maximum level of $63 per kg. From 2009 to 2016, growth of average video game import price failed to regain its strength.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was Japan ($47 per kg), while the Netherlands ($14 per kg) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of video game import prices was attained by Belgium (+2.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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Source: World: Video Games - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025